The 25 Books I Read In 2017

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Every year, I join the Goodreads Reading Challenge – picking the number of books I’d like to read during the year. For 2017, I wanted to try and read 12 books. I am on book 25 now & I’d like to share them all with you. From Mara Wilson to Stormie Omartian, I stayed up late & surpassed my goal!

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Evangelism Tools for Children

Evangelism is a very important part of my family’s life.

My husband and I started talking to each other because he decided to evangelize to me. We both attended CRU meetings in college, which advocated strongly for evangelism. We took a trip with our friends from CRU during spring break & evangelized to the students partying.

And today, while our big days of evangelism seem behind us, we still have one important task. One calling that God has clearly bestowed upon us. Evangelizing to our son.

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Why I’m an Advocate for Women’s Equality

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I grew up in a home where male authority was the norm. My father learned from his father that men are supposed to be “leaders.” The denomination my father was raised in also taught that men alone should teach and lead in the church. When I first embraced Christianity, I faithfully attended a “complementarian” church. Like my father, they taught me that men should be leaders, and that women should submit to this leadership. They not only taught this verbally, they lived it every Sunday. Only men could teach and preach from the pulpit. Only men could be elders. Only men could be ushers. Only men served communion. I was asked to lead Bible studies; not because I knew the Bible (I didn’t), but because I was male. I was also encouraged to pursue a career in “ministry.”

I was taught that men are supposed to be “servant-leaders.” Feminists, I…

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The Top 10 Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make

In 2015, I self-published my first book and since then, I’ve been asked questions about my experience: Am I proud of the book? Did I make any mistakes? Would I self-publish again? Can I get it professionally published?

I’d love to answer all of your questions – so I’m going to start writing articles for you about publishing. It took me years to find myself as a writer and establish writing jobs. I had to spend hours on blogs and Pinterest to learn everything. I hope to share what I’ve learned with you – starting with the top mistakes a self-published author can make.

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Breaking The Stigma of Mental Illness

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There is a stigma surrounding mental health that needs to be broken. People suffering with these illnesses are bounded by the stereotypes that tend to follow them. They are frequently described as dangerous, unpredictable, incompetent, irresponsible, undeserving, dishelved, and hopeless. These descriptions could be farther from the truth, but lack of knowledge surrounding these mental diseases create prejudices. Fear is the number one judgement, followed by exclusion. Society tends to distress over the mental health of an individual and prohibited from joining in social activities and the general community.

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